San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Born in 1923, José's performance career began in the 1950's. In 1961, Sarria ran for San Francisco City Supervisor; the first openly gay candidate to run for office in the United States.
Four years later, Sarria declared himself "Her Imperial Majesty, Empress of San Francisco, José I, the Widow Norton," a reference to the colorful 19th-Century San Franciscan, Joshua Norton, the self-proclaimed Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. Sarria's coronation of the International Imperial Court System, a service organization with affiliates across the globe.
This plaque was made possible by the International Imperial Court System, with the support of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.
Erected by International Imperial Court System.
Location. 37° 45.854′ N, 122° 25.934′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of José Sarria Court and Pond Street on José Sarria Court. Touch for map. The marker stands outside the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Library. Although the Library has a Jose
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. AIDS Memorial Quilt (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Officer Jane Warner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Virginia Woolf (approx. 0.2 miles away); Castro Street Historical Timeline (approx. ¼ mile away); Jane Addams (approx. ¼ mile away); The Rainbow Flag (approx. ¼ mile away); Harvey Milk (approx. ¼ mile away); Tennessee Williams (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Also see . . . Jose Julio Sarria 1922-2013. In 1961 Jose declared himself a candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Remember that at the time he had to find registered voters to sign the petition allowing him to run, and he was running as an openly gay man! The day before the deadline city officials realized that they had fewer applicants than open positions which would have guaranteed Jose a win. The City bosses kicked into gear and had a near-record 34 candidates on the ballot a day later! Jose ran his campaign from the Black Cat Bar and spent many a speech talking to the gay community about accepting the power they had if they worked together. Even though he lost that November, placing ninth of almost 30 candidates and garnering about 6,000 votes, it is recognized as the beginning of the gay community showing its personal and political clout. As Jose says “from that day on nobody ran for anything in San Francisco without knocking on the door of the gay community”. In 1977 the first openly gay man to win an election in California, Harvey Milk, was elected to that same position.... - Impcourt.org (Submitted on September 13, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 13, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.